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Verdict may come today in FAMU hazing case — Lawyers are waiting to begin opening arguments this morning in the trial of Dante Martin, the former Florida A&M University percussionist who is accused of manslaughter and felony hazing in the 2011 death of FAMU drum major Robert. Circuit Judge Renee Roche has planned to give the state and the defense two hours each for their closing arguments.

Joshua Ortiz jury foreman — SANFORD - The week before Jackie Ortiz was found dead in her Oviedo home, her 20-year-old son Joshua, the one that Seminole County deputies say murdered her, was jury foreman on a DUI case at the Seminole County Courthouse, according to the chief of operations for the State Attorney's Office there.
Oct 31, 2014

!!! RT @orlandosentinel: Oviedo murder defendant served as jury foreman six days before homicide

Oct 31, 2014

RT @tzigal: Six days before woman's death, son charged with killing her served as a jury foreman: via @renestutzman

Magic and Tobias Harris fail to reach contract extension — Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris is on track to become a restricted free agent in July after Harris and the Magic did not reach a contract extension agreement before the 11:59 p.m. Friday deadline, according to an industry source familiar with the situation.
Nov 01, 2014

The Magic and Tobias Harris did not reach an extension agreement before the deadline:

Orlando couple with possible dementia missing — Orlando police are searching for an elderly couple who went missing on Friday. Willelsey Taylor, 79, and his wife Willie Taylor, 81, were last seen around 2:30 p.m. at 1867 S. Ivey Lane in Orlando. "They are listed as endangered as they may be suffering early stages of dementia, according to family members," said Orlando police Sgt.
Nov 01, 2014

Please RT #Orlando: Elderly couple missing. Willelsey Taylor and wife Willie Taylor

Hospital: Girl shot in Washington state school shooting dies — A girl shot during a rampage at a Washington state high school last week that left two other girls dead along with the gunman has died from her wounds, Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett said on Friday. Shaylee Chuckulnaskit, 14, died just before 5 p.m.
Oct 31, 2014

So sad. @EMSpeck: RT @orlandosentinel: Girl shot in Washington school rampage dies, bringing the death toll to four

Catlin Buckles arrested, charged with robbing woman who tried to sell a toddler's car on Facebook — A man deputies say came to a woman's house to buy a toddler-sized car she advertised on Facebook, then stole her wallet, was arrested Thursday. Catlin Buckles, 22, was charged with robbery and misdemeanor battery, according to the Flagler County Sheriff's Office.

Oregon woman hospitalized for possible Ebola infection — An Oregon woman being monitored for possible Ebola infection has been hospitalized after registering a high temperature, state health officials said on Friday. The woman, who was being monitored after traveling to an Ebola-affected country, has been placed in isolation and is not a danger to the public, the Oregon Health Authority said.

Maurice Harkless hasn't played in either of the Orlando Magic's first two games — Maurice Harkless almost certainly never envisioned the 2014-15 regular season starting this way. Though healthy, the 21-year-old swingman hasn't played in either of the Orlando Magic's first two games. "Just going through a couple of seasons, I think it's just helped me grow," Harkless said Friday.
Oct 31, 2014

Experience is helping Maurice Harkless handle not playing in the Magic's first two games:

Rand Paul Mitt Romney Sunday guests — Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., will be a guest this weekend on NBC's "Meet the Press, CBS' "Face the Nation" and CNN's "State of the Union." The Sunday guest list: Mitt Romney and Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., are guests on "Fox News Sunday" at 10 a.m. on WOFL-Channel 35.

Injured Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo says he's positive after his facial fracture — Victor Oladipo received a welcome lift Friday. The stitches underneath his right eye were removed. It brightened his day. Under normal circumstances, such a simple thing like having stitches out wouldn't make a dent in Oladipo's typically cheerful mood. But these aren't normal circumstances. "It's been a loooong week, man," Oladipo said.
Oct 31, 2014

Victor Oladipo has endured an awful week. Here's how he's coping:

Halloween Horror Nights hints at return of Jack the Clown — The 24th edition of Universal's Halloween Horror Nights is drawing to a close. But already we sniff the silver anniversary event in the air. Or is that Jack the clown we smell? Universal Orlando has shared a video that's mostly highlights of HHN 2014 -- a collection of scared folk, scare actors and assorted spooky scenes.
Oct 31, 2014

Do you know Jack? Universal clowns around about next year's Horror Nights. #hhn24 #hhn25

Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes during California test flight — A suborbital passenger spaceship being developed by Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic crashed during a test flight on Friday at the Mojave Air and Space Port in California, officials said. Two pilots were aboard the spaceship, which was undergoing its first powered test flight since January.

Locally made Missionary gets Orlando premiere — The thriller "Missionary" will receive a red-carpet premiere this weekend in Central Florida, which is appropriate because the movie filmed in Sanford and DeLand. The four-week shooting schedule in November 2012 put more than 70 local actors and crew members to work. Additionally, 51 students from Valencia College worked on the project.
Oct 31, 2014

Locally made 'Missionary' gets Orlando premiere

Ebony Wilkerson granted written contact with kids after driving them into surf — The South Carolina mother who drove her three children into the ocean off Daytona Beach in March now wants to speak with them. On Friday, Circuit Judge Leah Case ruled that Ebony Wilkerson can speak with her children - but only in letters. The children remain in the custody of child-welfare workers.
Oct 31, 2014

RT @OSCrime: Mom who drove kids into ocean will be allowed to write them letters, judge rules | Story via @TWalden_OS:

Blake Shelton I like pretty girls drinking — Country superstar Blake Shelton makes no apologies for the topics in his songs, and he blasts critics in an interview with "60 Minutes." "Gosh dang, man, I hear about it all the time. You know, 'It's the same subject matter over and over again,' and, 'All y'all sing about is' you know, 'Pretty girls,'" he tells Norah O'Donnell.

TCU QB Trevone Boykin jumps into this week's Heisman Watch — TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin is firing away this season, with his latest barrage of touchdowns landing him a spot in our Heisman Watch. Check out this week's top five candidates for the Heisman Trophy: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama The Buzz: Just when you think Cooper can't do enough to remain in the Heisman discussion, he has the type of game that he had on Saturday against Tennessee.
Oct 31, 2014

.@WinTheDay QB Marcus Mariota won't need to apologize for moving into the lead in this week's @HeismanTrophy watch.

MLS notebook: Orlando City might face Flamengo, Sao Paulo in preseason — Orlando City will start its preseason in Brazil, that much is known. Owner Flávio Augusto da Silva revealed the preseason plans on his Facebook page and wrote that the club will face three Brazilian sides during the South American tour. Now, reports out of Brazil reveal who those opponents might be.
Oct 31, 2014

Orlando City midfielder Kevin Molino called up by Trinidad & Tobago for Caribbean Cup finals:

Oct 31, 2014

Orlando City to face Flamengo, São Paulo in the preseason? Plus more notes:

UCF prof movie quest ends happily — Orlando writer Pat Rushin dismisses the notion that he has hit it big by writing "The Zero Theorem," a movie from director Terry Gilliam ("Brazil") that stars Oscar winners Christoph Waltz, Tilda Swinton and Matt Damon. "I better not give up my day job," said the associate professor of creative writing at the University of Central Florida.

Big Bang Theory FSU roll to wins — "The Big Bang Theory" had the most viewers in Central Florida Thursday night. But Florida State University had the most young adults, thanks to a thrilling 42-31 victory over Louisville. Sheldon Cooper and his gang returned to Thursday after CBS stopped sharing "Thursday Night Football" with NFL Network.